Pole to Pole
Day 36: Kiev to Cerkassy
The Katun is a barge of character. She's forty years old next year, and her interior features wood rather than plastic or the ubiquitous Formica. Two small cabins below the bridge have been set aside for our use. One has a writing-desk and chair, an old oak wardrobe and an enamel washbasin, with an alcove containing what looks like the world's most comfortable bed. Sitting at the desk, looking through a porthole, I imagine I could be Joseph Conrad, though the football team photo above my head, featuring the chunky lads of Metalworkers Zaporozje, doesn't quite fit the romantic illusion.
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